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Information literate students can accesses
information effectively & efficiently
Information literate students can evaluate
information critically & competently
Information literate students can use information
accurately & creatively
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Links...Learning more about Information Literacy
click on the images to see books, articles
and websites which may be helpful in course design.
Information Literacy: Developing Students as Independent Learners,
edited by D.W. Farmer and Terrence F. Mech (1992).
An overview from the perspectives of librarians, faculty, academic administrators and
higher education officials.
Teaching Information Literacy Skills, by Patricia Iannuzzi, Charles T.
Mangrum II and Stephen S. Strichart (1999).
This book has reproducible activities (for schools and higher education) to help
students develop information literacy skills.
The information society and the Black community edited by John T.
Barber and Alice A.Tait (2001).
Through the Net:Defining the Diigital Divide. U.S. Dept. of Commerce, National
Telecommunications and InformationAdministration (1999).
This online publication provides the resent results of a government study of the digital
- The Challenge of the 21st Century: Managing Technology and
Ourselves in a Shrinking World. Harold A. Linstone. 1994.
- Linstone informs readers about new ways of critical thinking in the technologically
dominated Information Age. The author codifies a multi-perspective approach with an
analysis of the Exxon Valdez oil spill as an example of managing hazardous technology,
then applies it to balances between the short-term and long-term concerns, and individual
and societal responsibilities.
- The Work
of Nations: Preparing Ourselves for 21st Century Capitalism. (available via
Link+) Robert Reich. 1992.
- A good book on the globalization of markets. It highlights three types of new economy
workers: routine producers, in-person servers, and symbolic analysts. Reich believes that
the symbolic analysts, who "solve, identify, and broker problems by manipulating
symbols," will dominate the Information Age. Those who have no knowledge to sell, who
are engaged in routine jobs in factories or in-person servers such as waiters and cashiers
will be left behind.
- Culture and Politics in the Information Age: A New Politics? Frank
Webster, Editor. (2001).
- This Routledge publication addresses important theoretical debates on issues such as
digital democracy, cultural politics and transnational communities. Contributing authors
provide diverse international perspectives. The book combines cutting edge research on new
social movements with the latest theoretical material.
Haves and Have-Nots in the Information Age.
- William Wresch. (1996).
- This book, written by a computer scientist, doesn't dismiss the importance of technology
by any means but analyzes the problem of information poverty on many levels. Wresch
demonstrates that there's a lot more to information and participation than having a radio
or being online. William Wresch probes the roots of the problems and the obstructions to
information flow, as well as potential solutions and reasons for hope.
- Information Literacy and Workplace Performance, by Tom W. Goad (2002).
- An easy to read guide that attends to basic skills,
thinking and decision-making, creativity enhancement, innovation and risk taking, computer
literacy, subject matter literacy, learning how to learn, and securement of on-the-job
help. Goad discusses an unusual but highly relevant topic: how do we place work into the
framework of our lives, and how can information literacy help?
Full Text Online
Information Literacy Skills in the California State
University: A Progress Report. , By: Dunn, Kathleen, Journal of
Academic Librarianship, 2002, Vol. 28, Issue 1/2
- Provides an overview of how the CSU system is addressing information literacy on each
Studies: A Twenty-First-Century Challenge. Alkalimat, Abdul. published in Souls v2 n3
p69-76 Sum 2000 (html version available from
- Calls for the transformation of black studies that moves
from ideology to information. Argues that eBlack, the virtualization of
the black experience, is the basis for the next stage of this academic
discipline. Presents three theoretical principles of eBlack studies
(cyberdemocracy, collective intelligence, and information freedom);
describes five institutions' experiments with eBlack studies; and
offers a strategy for eBlack studies.
Literacy as a Liberal Art Enlightenment proposals for a new curriculum,by Jeremy J.
Shapiro and Shelley K. Hughes EDUCOM REVIEW Volume 31, Number 2, 1996.
- If a more comprehensive definition of information literacy is useful, Jeremy J. Shapiro
and Shelley K. Hughes provide a detailed definition of information literacy in their
Differences in the Academic LibraryExperiences of Undergraduates. Whitmire, Ethelene.
Journal of Academic Librarianship v25 n1 p33-37 Jan
- Discusses the use of the College Student Experiences
questionnaire (CSEQ) as an effective instrument to measure differences in the academic
library experiences of two different racial groups. Results of a study indicate that
African-American undergraduate students used the academic library services more frequently
than did white students.
American Studies (Denison University)
- The Andrew C. Mellon Integrating Information Literacy into the Liberal Arts Curriculum
grant has collected discipline specific resources to provide inspiration and concrete
examples to teaching faculty and librarians interested in integrating information literacy
into their curriculum.
- CSU Information
Competence Initiative (CSU)
- This page provides links and information about information literacy at the CSU. Includes
recent projects, links to grant information and more.
- Information Literacy
in a Nutshell: Basic Information for Academic Administrators and Faculty (American
- A brief guide introducing the concept of information literacy and model information
literacy programs designed specifically for academic administrators and faculty prepared
by Thoms G. Kirk, Jr.
- Welcome to Information
- A PowerPoint slide show, best practices for creating effective library assignments, and
information literacy: a selective annotated webliography are available at this website
created by Tiffini Travis and Eileen Wakiji.